Fit For Surgery


What is Fit for Surgery?

Fit for Surgery, Fit for Life programme is to help patients with a BMI of 40 and over lose weight and improve their fitness levels before elective surgery.  Fit for Surgery, Fit for Life supports clients to bring about a change that will see them reduce their weight and lift their fitness levels for surgery while continuing to maintain these changes for life. 

Who would benefit? 

The Fit for Surgery, Fit for Life programme is for patients who are candidates for elective hip and knee surgery. 

How we support 

  • You will meet your Fit for Surgery Navigator to discuss and together you set a plan in place  which will involve physical activity and nutritional changes that work for you and your circumstances. The navigator will provide advice and motivation, referring you to appropriate community support services which include a dietitian, physiotherapist, activity coordinator or a psychologist. 
  • The navigator will provide a service that will help you to keep on track and will continue to support and encourage you through follow up appointments and phone support. 
  • You must be committed to make a positive change for your health and wellbeing to reduce your BMI to 40 or under. 
  • We provide support at six and 12 month stages after your surgery.

How do I get referred? 

Your doctor can refer. Once we receive your referral from your GP practice, we will ring you and arrange a time for you to meet the navigator at our Fit for Surgery sports hub building.  

Nāu mai haere mai ki ā koutou, we encourage you to bring a support person such as whanau or a friend to your initial consultation. 

Fit for Surgery Navigator

Christine Taylor
Fit for Surgery Navigator
christine@sportwhanganui.co.nz
06 3492 507